Based on allegedly confidential information, he claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States; the British Military Intelligence (MI6) and Israeli intelligence (Mossad) “have been collaborating with the military and intelligence training of troops of Guyana Defence Force”.
“US Special Forces are reinforcing these activities in the area and, from the waterways of the Yuruani River in Essequibo in the vicinity of the sector called Anacoco, they are training personnel to raid Venezuelan areas as part of a social and economic destabilization program in the region,” he said on Monday in his TV program “José Vicente Hoy (Jose Vicente Today).”
He added that, according to intelligence sources, “there is a large flow of weapons from the reclamation area in Essequibo into Venezuela.”
Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government has issued a new Decree No: 1,859, replacing Decree No: 1,787 of 26 May 2015, which asserted the country’s claim to a large part of Guyana’s maritime territory, to support and justify the actions of its military in defending the newly created Integrated Defence Maritime Zones and Island (Zodimain).
However, the new decree on Zodimain has no fixed boundaries and the ministries of defense and interior are empowered to implement the decree.
Article 20 emphasizes that the decree aims to set boundaries, but that has to do only with activities related to defence.
“This decree is to set no boundaries, establish boundaries, nor any demarcation process in any way. Its sole purpose and exclusive range of concerns are protection against threats, risks and other vulnerabilities, so that does not mean any ruling on issues concerning territorial or alien by nature,” the article reads.
After an announcement by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a speech at the special session of the National Assembly on Monday, the decree was published in Official Gazette No. 40,696 on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.
In the text, constitutional, legal and doctrinal elements for the performance of any component of the FANB (Navy, Air Force and Army) in the maritime boundaries of the country are detailed.
Also, the specific military functions in the territorial waters are specified.
The ministries of defence and interior relations and justice, according to Article 19, are entitled to execute and implement the decree.